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PRODUCTS: 10 Appliances To Jump-Start Your Diet

If you haven’t yet begun to make good on that New Year’s resolution to eat healthier and/or lose weight (and we’re guilty of that!), read our recommendations of 10 appliances that help you cook enjoyable, lower-calorie foods.

Take a look at how you can benefit from:

  • An electric food steamer
  • A food dehydrator
  • Countertop grills
  • A vertical rotisserie
  • A pressure cooker
  • An electric wok
  • Vapor cookware
  • An electric frother
  • A loose leaf tea brewer
  • See them all and decide if they can help you with your eating goals.



    This food steamer makes it easy to cook
    three different types of healthy veggies
    at once. Photo courtesy


    CONTEST: Do You Have A Great Strawberry Recipe?

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    Florida winter strawberries. Photo courtesy
    Florida Strawberry Growers Association.


    Home cooks and culinary professionals can compete for cash in the first “Florida Strawberries—A Taste of Summer All Winter Long Recipe Contest,” sponsored by the Florida Strawberry Growers Association and “Taste of the South Magazine.”

    The entry categories are Starters or Salsas; Salads; Sweets and Best Photo. A total of $6,000 in cash prizes will be awarded.

  • Upload your recipe by February 28, 2010 and see the contest rules.

    Florida is the major U.S. supplier of strawberries from November through early spring. For those who want to buy foods with fewer carbon miles and purchase domestic rather than imported produce, each carton of Florida-grown strawberries has geographic identification noting where the product was grown.

  • Strawberries are not only nutritious; they’re one of our favorite diet foods. Eight strawberries contain more vitamin C than one orange. A one-cup serving (about 8 to 10 medium-sized berries) contains 45 calories and has no fat, cholesterol or sodium.

    So, even if you don’t enter the contest, make strawberries part of your healthy “New Year’s Resolutions” diet.


    RECIPE: Southwest Tuna Salad


    Enjoy a south-of-the-border twist with fewer calories.

    Mexican food is wonderful in the summertime with an ice-cold cerveza or an oversized salt-rimmed Margarita. Who wouldn’t love some tacos smothered with cheese and guacamole, covered in sour cream?

    Well…maybe Mexican food isn’t that great an option in the summertime when you have a bathing suit to fit into. Worry not, beachgoers, we’ve got a healthy, delicious alternative to high-calorie, south-of-the-border-fare using Starkist Creations’ Sweet and Spicy Tuna. Try it out at your next fiesta. This is anything but your basic can of albacore.

    Southwest Tuna Salad

    – 1 (5-ounce) pouch StarKist Creations Sweet & Spicy Tuna
    – 1 (15-ounce) can black beans
    – 8-ounces low-fat ranch dressing
    – 6 ounces Cheddar cheese, shredded
    – 1 (10-ounce) package frozen whole kernel corn, thawed
    – 1 (16-ounce) jar salsa
    – 10 ounce lettuce, washed and torn

    Mix ingredients and serve on top of lettuce. Serves 6.

  • Also take a look at President Obama’s favorite (and sustainable) tuna salad recipe.
  • Try a healthy Mediterranean tuna salad recipe with dried cherries, feta and green beans.
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    PRODUCT: Sour Cream & Onion And Cheddar Popchips Potato Chips


    Sour Cream & Onion Popchips, along with
    Cheddar, are now available in the 3-ounce
    and .8 ounce single serving sizes.


    Pop pop, hurray! We’re serving the two newest Popchips flavors at our cookout today. Sour Cream & Onion is a terrific interpretation of the potato chip-and-dip combination; Cheddar is perfect with a beer.

    Popchips, a Nibble Top Pick Of The Week, are the newest and best way to enjoy potato chips. They’re not fried or baked—they’re popped, applying heat and pressure to create a crunchy chip with intense potato flavor, that’s truly healthier. There are no preservatives, no cholesterol, no saturated fat or trans fat; Popchips have 3.5g fat per serving and 100 calories per individual-portion bag. That’s great snacking! Read our full review of Popchips.

    Hungry for more potato chips?

  • Learn the history of potato chips.
  • Here’s a recipe for homemade potato chips.
  • Take our Snack Food Trivia Quiz.
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    PRODUCT: Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt

    When you’re Gary Hirshberg, founder and CEO of Stonyfield Yogurt, the daily choice of yogurt is pretty vast. So who’d have guessed, after looking at the Stonyfield Yogurt empire, that his favorite treat as a boy was authentic Greek yogurt, made by his next door neighbors? Last year, he launched his own brand of Greek yogurt, under the Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt label. Oikos is the Greek word for house, and also the root of the word for ecology, which is fundamental to the organic, environment-supportive Stonyfield brand. The Oikos line has 0% fat, is certified organic and kosher and is available in Plain plus Blueberry, Honey, Strawberry and Vanilla.

    Oikos Greek Yogurt is thicker than regular yogurt, but not as thick as FAGE Total Greek yogurt or another relative newcomer, Chobani probiotic Greek yogurt, both of which can pass for thick sour cream. There’s a big difference in the texture—with Oikos being more like “normal” yogurt—as well as in the flavor. Whereas FAGE Total and Chobani can sometimes pass for sour cream (wishful thinking), Oikos is definitely yogurt.

    Read the full review and find out what makes a yogurt “Greek.”

  • Find more reviews of our favorite yogurts in THE NIBBLE’S Yogurt Section.
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    Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt is fat free, organic and kosher. Photo by Hannah Kaminsky | THE NIBBLE.

  • Read about the different styles of yogurt in our Yogurt Glossary.
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    CONTEST: Guiltless In Sin City

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    Enter to win the Guiltless Gourmet Sweepstakes

    Eat chips, feel no guilt and maybe win a trip to Vegas or other prizes. You read correctly—buy any flavor of Guiltless Gourmet tortilla chips, in tempting choices such as Spicy Black Bean and Chili Lime. Check the code on the bag online for a chance to win coupons for free products and American Express gift cards. Everyone who enters a code on the Guiltless Gourmet site by September 30th will also be registered for a shot at the Grand Prize: three nights for the winner and a guest at a five-diamond Las Vegas resort, a $1,500 world class spa package and a fat stack of cash. (BYO chips?)
    Speaking of fat, all Guiltless Gourmet products have 3 grams or less per serving. Please pass the salsa.

  • See reviews of our favorite tortilla chips in our Snacks Section.
  • See reviews of our favorite salsas to go with them.
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    PRODUCT: Light Ice Cream ~ How Light Is It?

    Edy's Light Ice cream

    Half the fat doesn’t mean you can eat twice
    as much! Be sure to check the calories, too—
    some brands of “light” ice creams have more
    calories and sugar than other brands of “regular.”


    Our friends at Consumer Reports have been dipping into the light ice cream to give you the scoop on light ice cream (in the July 2009 issue). By law, a “light” ice cream must have one-third the calories or half the fat of a brand’s regular ice cream.

    The taste test compared three light ice creams with their regular counterparts, and also tried Häagen-Dazs Five, which isn’t marketed as a light ice cream but has a third less fat than regular Häagen-Dazs. The comments:

  • All of the lighter versions are quite tasty.
  • The lower-fat Häagen-Dazs Five was actually a bit better than the regular HD.
  • Breyers regular and light ice creams were very close in quality.

  • The light ice cream versions can also be less costly. Per half-cup serving, the lighter brands from Häagen-Dazs and Ben & Jerry’s were less expensive as well as having far fewer calories. However (and there’s always a “however”), the term “light” is relative. The lighter Häagen-Dazs and Ben & Jerry tried actually have more calories and sugars than the regular Edy’s/Dreyer’s and Breyers varieties.

  • Learn more about the different types of ice cream in our Ice Cream Glossary.
  • See reviews of our favorite ice cream brands and check out ice cream recipes in our Ice Cream Section.
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    PRODUCT: Sweet Heat–Mrs. Renfro’s Fruit Salsas

    There exists a fine balance between sweet and savory—too much of one and the other falls short. For those who like sweet salsa, Mrs. Renfro’s Gourmet Salsas deserve your attention. All natural, there isn’t one ingredient on the label that wouldn’t come straight from your refrigerator or pantry. Rather than dominate the flavor palette, the fruit notes in these salsas amplify the vegetable flavors and cut through the heat. The consistency is on the thick side, perfect for clinging to a tortilla chip, blanketing a bland meat like chicken or blending with yogurt or sour cream for an instant, creamy crudité dip or spread.

    Tequila adds a piquant bite to mellow, sweet pineapple. The subtle tang of fresh lime juice and a mounting heat towards the finish make for an excellent overall flavor.


    Mrs. Renfro’s Pineapple Salsa.

    If you’re at all a fan of fresh, ripe pineapple, this is the Holy Grail of salsa for you. As proven by the popular “Hawaiian” pizza, tomato and pineapple make a delicious couple. With juicy chunks of sweet-and-tangy fruit in every bite, you barely notice Mrs. Renfro’s signature hot finish.

    Many products claiming to be pomegranate-flavored end up tasting like anything but. Not so with this salsa. The fruit shines clearly through the rich, smoky chipotle without so much as a peep from artificial flavoring. The lingering sweet-hot afterburn will have you immediately reaching for another chip.

    The verdict: we’re more than likely to dip into these again!


    PRODUCT: Sunkist Naturals Smoothies

    There used to be a time where smoothies could only be had fresh out of a blender at home. Then, beginning with the iconic Orange Julius, chains like Smoothie King, Jamba Juice and Robek’s began popping up all over the place. Now, we have become a nation of smoothie drinkers.

    We recently tasted Sunkist Naturals’ line of premium, all-natural smoothies, featuring fruit juices sourced from small regional farms—juicy Marion berries from Oregon and Michigan, sweet strawberries from coastal California and legendary Alphonso mangoes. They have no added sugar, preservatives or any artificial ingredients and are laden with antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients. Flavors include Berry Blue Bountiful, Berry Cherry Bountiful, Glorious Greens, Golden Mango, Orange Cream, Pomegranate Sunshine, Strawberry Dream and 100% Valencia Orange.

    Sunkist Naturals are not as thick as smoothies from Odwalla and Naked Juice, and as a result, a few fewer calories. We liked them all (like ice cream, has there ever been a smoothie flavor anyone didn’t like?) With eight delicious flavors we’re sure you’ll find one to call your own. Suggested retail price is for $2.79 for 15.2 ounce bottle and $3.99 for 1 liter.

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    Sunkist Naturals’ smoothies. Photo by Hannah Kaminsky | THE NIBBLE.

    See our recipes for healthy homemade smoothies.

    – Check out super juice from China.

    – Discover the many benefits of natural fruit juices.


    VALENTINE’S DAY GIFTS: VDay Minus 8 ~ Low-Calorie Heart-Shaped Muffins

    Send your favorite dieter Vitalicious 100-calorie, heart shaped chocolate muffins; and enter for a chance to win a Tiffany diamond pendant at The chocolate muffins, available year-round in standard muffin shape and muffin tops, are quite tasty for diet food.

    – Read our review of Vitalicious Muffins.

    – Find more of our favorite diet products in the Diet Nibbles section of

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    Win a Diamond & Free VitaTops Sweepstakes


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